LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points, Damian Lillard added 24 and the Portland Trail Blazers completed a season sweep of the Chicago Bulls...
CHICAGO — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points, Damian Lillard added 24 and the Portland Trail Blazers completed a season sweep of the Chicago Bulls with a 99-89 victory on Thursday night.
Portland improved to 10-25 on the road to take the season series with the Bulls for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The Blazers beat Chicago 102-94 on Nov. 18 in their other meeting this season.
Joakim Noah had 18 points and Carlos Boozer added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, which shot 44 percent.
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DENVER — Corey Brewer sank three free throws with 2.1 seconds left and the Denver Nuggets stretched their franchise-best winning streak to 14 games with a 101-100 thriller over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Anthony Randolph blocked Damien Wilkins’ desperation jumper at the buzzer to secure Denver’s 16th straight win at the Pepsi Center. Brewer finished with 29 points.
• Kobe Bryant left a five-on-five scrimmage a little early because his sprained left ankle “stiffened,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. Bryant and Pau Gasol (foot) are expected to play Friday against Washington.
• Bulls superstar Derrick Rose still isn’t sure when he’ll come back from his knee injury. The former MVP point guard sounded like a player who just might miss the entire season, though he said he hasn’t experienced any setbacks.
• The Charlotte Bobcats said center Brendan Haywood will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left foot.
• Rockets rookie Royce White said he’s returning to Houston at the advice of a team doctor, and his time with the Rockets’ developmental league team in the Rio Grande Valley may be over.